Routt commissioners vote to ban marijuana on all county property
March 12, 2013
Steamboat Springs — The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to prohibit marijuana on all county property, and although they aren't inclined to post the ban on the Routt County Courthouse, they are leaning toward a sign at the entrance to the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
"I'm not interested in putting signs on the courthouse," Commissioner Doug Monger said. "But the fairgrounds might be appropriate."
The resolution passed by the commissioners prohibits the sale, possession, use or display of marijuana on property owned by Routt County.
Assistant county attorney Erick Knaus reminded the commissioners that he had told them one week earlier that the primary means of enforcing the resolution would be through county officials advising people in violation of the ban of the situation. Failure to comply would result in trespassing, he said. This week, he added that any person who failed to comply with instructions from a county official or law enforcement officer to remove marijuana from county premises could be subject to arrest for a Class 3 misdemeanor.
"It does require posting to enforce a statute," Knaus said. "But a notice also suffices. If a county employee or deputy approached and said, 'That's not allowable on this property,' they would have to remove (the marijuana) or be subject to prosecution."
The county fair board originally sought the ban after members wondered aloud what steps they would take if someone showed up at the fairgrounds in August with the intent of entering a marijuana plant in the produce contest. They took it a step further and voted in favor of seeking a ban of marijuana at the fairgrounds, where the annual fair is dominated by 4-H youth competitions.
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The commissioners decided last week to direct Knaus to expand the prohibition to go beyond the county fairgrounds to include all county property, something Knaus assured them Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in November, expressly allows.
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